Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Turi Selfie

We didn’t plan much heading into our time in Ecuador. Our lodging was arranged just days before our arrival, and while we were interested in Cuenca from the get go, in the end it was available apartments that really made the decision for us regarding where in the country we would spend October and the … Read more

Red Mud Ian

We first visited a hot springs pool just over a year ago during our week-long stay in Paradise Valley, Montana. It was wonderful and relaxing, and when I learned that Cuenca had some similar, hot, mineral-y water nearby, I quickly added it to the list of things I wanted to do. According to this article … Read more

El Cajas National Park

November 13th, 2013 | Posted by Ian in Ecuador | Parks | The Places We've Been - (2 Comments)
El Cajas National Park in Ecuador

About 20 miles west of Cuenca on the highway to Guayaquil lies El Cajas National Park. Originally established as a National Recreation Area in 1977, it was promoted to a National Park in 1996. The origin of the name El Cajas for this jagged highland area is not entirely clear; alternate explanations link it to … Read more

Cuenca Apartment(s)

November 12th, 2013 | Posted by Brianna in Ecuador | Lodging | The Places We've Been - (7 Comments)
Second Apartment Living Room and Kitchen

In poor blogger form, we took a grand total of zero photos from our first apartment in Cuenca. We were there for a week and enjoyed the space, location, and amenities, but alas, no pictures to share. It was a bright, third floor studio in the center of town with an entire wall comprised of … Read more


Celebrations ring through the air for days at the beginning of November in Cuenca in honor of the city’s Independence Day, officially the 3rd of the month. Like other large population centers in the region, Cuenca won its independence (1820) before the country as a whole did in May of 1822, and both dates are cause … Read more

Beautiful Tomebamba River

This is a series detailing some of what appear at first to be more mundane details of a place, but will hopefully be illuminating as insights into the grind behind the “glamour.”  Groceries Our meals are largely comprised of whole foods like produce, grains, and beans, so we’re thrilled when we land in a city … Read more

Cuenca Veggie Soup (or Sopa Wawa Namnam)

November 5th, 2013 | Posted by Brianna in Ecuador | Food - (5 Comments)
Chopped Veggies

When we settle in a new place for a while, we usually take stock of what foods are readily and cheaply available, and then base our meals on those items. This month, the produce stalls at the many markets set us up for a delicious and simple veggie soup that we’ve stuck with week after … Read more

Wawa Grande – The Ecuadorian Bigfoot

November 4th, 2013 | Posted by Ian in Ecuador | Oh - (1 Comments)
Wawa Grande, the Ecuadorian bigfoot

We are planning on visiting El Cajas National Park this week. About 20 miles east of Cuenca, El Cajas is a rugged landscape of peaks, valley, lakes, and alpine tundra set between 10,000 and 14,600 feet. Our research for the visit has brought to our attention the supposed existence of Ecuador’s own version of bigfoot. … Read more